1528: 19: July
My most excellent and illustrious Lord. Because of the death of that good man Messer Antico, who was truly an ingenious man and a great servant of Your Lordship, on whom you could count so much, who has died in Gazzuolo a good death having received confession and the Eucharist as a true Christian, he has left two sons, among them Federico who is also a true and faithful servant. And Your Lordship can count on him, most of all for many types of tasks. Your Lordship can make of him [Federico] what you will because he is expert and has good understanding and good design. Therefore I pray that Your Lordship will not abandon him, for love of his poor father and of him, and make it so that he may keep that small office (officio) that his father used to have under the Ponte di Molini, which [the office, possibly meaning both the position and the location] is worth sixty ducats, but Your Lordship will receive more than four hundred ducats worth of work in return. Because he has never been remiss in his service to Your Lordship, may Your Lordship arrange that this place (loco) be of said Federico, all the more so in that he knows the work, and was doing most of it [already]. And he [Federico] has requested that I should recommend him to Your Lordship, and so I do: for love of myself would that Your Lordship arrange that he [Federico] have said office (officio) and not let this young man leave, because if he should have this place (loco), he will never leave Your Lordship, and therefore I recommend him. And this [office] is of little importance to Your Lordship. I kiss your hands and commend myself to your good grace. Mantua, July 19, 1528
Your most illustrious Lordship’s
most faithful servant Ippolito Calandra
Authorization to reproduce number 37-2011.
Federico Gonzaga (1500–1540)
became Marchese of Mantua after his father’s death in 1519, though his mother Isabella d’Este was regent for the first few years. Through skilled negotiations, in 1530 Federico was granted the title of duke of Mantua. Like Isabella, he fostered Antico’s career, rewarding him with grants of land and privileges.
Letter of Antico to Federico Gonzaga (salutation), June 1521, Archivio di Stato, Mantua